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Doctor insights on: Should I Choose A Metal Or Composite Resin Filling

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Should I choose a metal or composite resin filling?

Should I choose a metal or composite resin filling?

Your priorities?: Cost and longevity favor amalgam. If esthetics are your thing , then composites. The size of the cavity can also influence your decision. If it is small, a composite filling may require less tooth to be drilled away. There are other alternatives too, though they have higher costs. Gold is still a terrific choice. There are also porcelain fillings. Don't be afraid to talk to your dentist. ...Read more

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Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more


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Do i choose a metal filling or a composite resin filling?

Ask your dentist: Deciding which type of filling to use is best made by the patient and dentist, taking into account the size and location of the cavity, patient history, cosmetic concerns, insurance coverage and cost. ...Read more

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Is mercury in composite resin filling?

No: Composites are often the first choice as an alternative to the silver mercury fillings. ...Read more

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Got a composite resin filling replaced with a ceramic and now it's really sensitive. What can I do?

Got a composite resin filling replaced with a ceramic and now it's really sensitive. What can I do?

OTC and DDS: Take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) and avoid very cold and hot foods and liquids for awhile. Also call your dentist for advice and whether it warrants your dentist seeing you to evaluate the situation. ...Read more

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Can a dentist place a layer of composite resin on top of a porcelin fused to metal crown to level out a patient's bite?

Yes, it is possible: but only on temporary bases. It won't last for long period of time. Ask your dentist for alternatives. ...Read more

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Are white or metal fillings better?

Are white or metal fillings better?

Neither: Both tooth colored and silver fillings are perfectly safe and effective as long as they are placed properly. The american dental association supports the use of both kinds of filling materials when used properly. ...Read more

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How hard is it to have a metal filling replaced with ceramic material? Is this suggested, or is it best to leave the filling in as is?

Not very hard: Its harder to give a complete answer because of not knowing why you asked as well as the type of material you are talking about. If there is nothing wrong with the filling leave as is. Are you referring to an amalgam or gold inlay? By ceramic are you referring to composite or a porcelain type like a crown that a dental lab makes? If a real large filling, a partial or full ceramic crown is option. ...Read more

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Do metal fillings discolor your teeth?

Do metal fillings discolor your teeth?

Yes: The metal ions in the amalgam (silver) fillings tend to leach out over time and stain the surrounding tooth structure gray. This does not occur with tooth colored composite fillings which are also bonded to your tooth. ...Read more

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How to tell if metal fillings discolor your teeth?

How to tell if metal fillings discolor your teeth?

Amalgam stain: You will see darkening gray near the filling that shows through the enamel. ...Read more